Creative Ways to Meet New Neighbors

by c21commonweath_ldowling 26. December 2018 10:18

Moving into a new house is an exciting time as you anticipate the new people you will soon call your neighbors. Will they be your new best friends or an eyesore who doesn’t water their lawn? Either way, it’s worth the effort to introduce yourself and say hello. Meeting neighbors is a great way to become included in your new neighborhood community and create a connection with those who will be living close to you for years to come. Your introduction doesn’t have to be elaborate but should simply be a kind gesture to let them know who you are. Try these tips for the most creative ways to meet the new neighbors and initiate a lasting relationship from the first knock on their door.

Have a Housewarming Party

It might seem like the most obvious solution to meeting the new neighbors but having a casual housewarming party is a great way to welcome new friends into your home. Inviting neighbors over for cocktails is the perfect chance to introduce yourself and show off your new home. You can even slip cute initiations into the mailboxes next to yours that state you’re new and would love to meet over drinks. Provide a date and time and to increase attendance, be sure to make it possible for those who work during the day to attend. It doesn’t have to be a fancy or over-the-top event but opening your home to new people can go along way. Extend an invite to the neighborhood for a housewarming party and you’re likely to meet quite a few new friends and faces.

Trick-or-Treat  

It doesn’t have to be Halloween to knock on the neighbor’s door with candy or treats. Everyone loves sweet treats and it's likely your new neighbors do too. Pop over with popcorn or a bottle of wine in the evening and include a little note stating your name and new address. Share your skills. If baking is your specialty, whip up a tasty treat as a sweet reminder that you’re new to the neighborhood.  Leaving them with a delicious dish is a great way for them to remember who you are, as they’ll likely think of you every time they take a bite. There are even free printable greeting templates that are a great way to creatively introduce yourself and make a fun first impression.

Get Involved and Lend a Hand

Similar to starting a new job or school, one of the most effective ways to build lasting relationships is to get involved. Join the neighborhood association to stay up-to-date on relative information while gaining a greater knowledge of the area. See if your neighbors are involved in any volunteer opportunities for a chance to bond over a common cause and simultaneously give back to those in need.  People often remember you more by what you do than what you say so it's important to be an active neighbor when first relocating. If you notice one of your neighbors could use some help with something, such as mowing the lawn or hanging holiday lights, offer to lend a helping hand. Giving back and getting involved in the community is a great way to immerse yourself in a new area while sharing your talent with new friends.

Meeting your new neighbors doesn’t have to be an intimidating task. Simply introducing yourself is a great way to start off in a friendly manner. Continue to reach out by offering to get together over drinks or coffee and you’re likely to form friendships faster than you expected. Be approachable and never underestimate the power of a genuine smile when passing people on your street.

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